Over time all things tend to deteriorate, to the point that the beauty they had at first is fading. Continuous use and lack of maintenance are usually some of the main factors for this to happen. Possibly the passage of time has considerably deteriorated the appearance of our staircase, perhaps you usually ask how to repair the steps? Or how to clean the wood of the ladder? Well, the maintenance of it is not as complicated as it seems, so it is necessary to follow some steps to restore in a good way each space. That’s why today I want to offer you some tips that will allow you to recover the appearance of your ladder in order to extend its useful life and improve its appearance.
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How to know when is the time to renew the wood?
There is no specific season or time of day to make the change of the wood of our ladder, to make this decision you have to make some assessments before the change, that is, you must study all the pros and cons that may arise from the removal. The high traffic that the stairs have, where they are located, should be evaluated, since there is no review of the state of the wood and when the last maintenance was carried out. If the conclusion is drawn in this evaluation that the wood is rotten, broken or with termites, it is very important that it be changed as soon as possible.
More frequent damage to wood of wood
After the review and exhaustive evaluation of the state of the wood, it is very important to consider the magnitude of the damage that the wood has, this will help us to know, what is the maintenance that must be done. The most noticeable damages to the appearance of the wood are usually the marks produced by the footsteps, scratches made by the children, scratches on the wood, spilled liquids, paint stains, lifting of the protective sheet, loose steps, etc.
It is important to remember that if the necessary maintenance is not carried out, these damages are usually observed frequently, since as the days go by the bad condition is worse.
It is very important that both the base of the ladder and the wood of it, is protected by a good varnish, to make the renovation of the painting is not necessary to be an expert or have done some carpentry course, then we will put your disposition some tips for you to do it yourself:
- To remove the worn paint, you must proceed to sand the skein with a special wood sandpaper, at the end of the removal of the paint, you must wipe the surface with a dry cloth to remove the residues. Then remove the paint you bought and apply it from top to bottom, (do not forget to read the package instructions), let the first layer dry, and then proceed with the second coat of paint.
- Possibly some steps or areas of the stairs, have some uneven or broken surface, usually if there are small children at home, these usually pass plates, carts, cutlery, along the surface, this deteriorates the appearance of the wood, if some sections of the ladder are in this state you must buy a sealer for wood, this is applied to the affected surface, when drying you must use a special wood sandpaper to level the affected wood with the rest. It is ideal that the next day after the application, proceed to paint the space you repaired.
- If the steps are detached or sound at the time they are stepped on, it is very important that you check which ones are generating the sound to be able to repair them in time. After checking if the problem is in the back or front of the step, you can put a little special stick for wood, then let it dry a little and you are giving small taps to make the union, from one step to another, this can be done by a rubber hammer. When you dry the stick, you must remove the excess on each of the steps of the ladder.
How to eliminate noise in the floor and wooden staircase
Wood expands and contracts according to its degree of humidity. Therefore, in a house with good heating, crunching and grinding can be heard coming from the wooden stairs, although they can also creak if some fastening has been loosened and the steps and risers rub against each other or with other nearby wood.
When changing the carpet of the ladder or moving it to clean it, climb the ladder by stepping on each step to force the crunch. Observe well if there are holes in the wooden bands on the sides, called stringers, on which the ends of the rungs are fixed.
If you find crunches, try to reach the steps affected by its bottom.
If the staircase is straight stringer (the straight strips the top edges are not cut, but they are embedded in the stringers by grooves), you will see the lower sides of the steps and risers housed in grooves in the ditches and secured by wedges of wood glued and fitted under pressure.
Remove loose wedges and place new ones if necessary. Glue the wedges and replace them in place by striking them. Also check the uprights that secure the rungs and risers.
If you cannot access the bottom of the ladder, drill holes in the stair step every 250 mm. Countersink the holes and then with some long screws one the rung and the riser strongly. Cover the screw holes with filler and pass a soft sandpaper.
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